China’s relationship with Africa has been gaining momentum, and according to recent data from Pew Research, African people are seeing the benefits. Of the nations surveyed, only Uganda does not see China as the world’s leading economic power, ahead of the United States. All African nations had a “favourable view” of China, a finding that echoes a poll carried out in 2014 by the BBC, which found Africans to hold a positive opinion of China.

A commonly held belief is that Chinese investment in Africa is primarily resource heavy, but new findings in a paper titled Why is China investing in Africa? Evidence from the firm level show that a great deal more investment (based on frequency of investment) is going into the business sector and retail.

The top areas of Chinese investment in Africa, by frequency, are:


The following chart, meanwhile, shows the African countries which have received the most Chinese investment:


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Author: Donald Armbrecht is a freelance writer and social media producer.

Image: A Chinese worker walks past a construction site in Lubango, Angola REUTERS/Herculano Coroado